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9. Don't trade personal information for "freebies."

(Good advice for kids, too.) Just as in the physical world, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Unwanted software like spyware and viruses often piggybacks on software that's "free." 

Linda is a former employee of Microsoft, founder of LOOKBOTHWAYS Inc. and an online safety expert. This checklist is excerpted from her award-winning book Look Both Ways: Help Protect Your Family on the Internet.  

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